Flight Simulator™ 98 ONLY ...

Flight Simulator™ 98 & Australia Scenery Vol.1 - Download & run the patch Vol_1_98.exe (1.29 Mb), however before running it, if you have made any changes to the Australia Vol.1 Scenery filenames or their location, you must ensure that all the Australia Scenery (Aust*.BGL) files are re-named correctly & are located back in the main ‘Scenery’ root directory.

NB: Please note that if you also have the Australia Scenery Vol.2 package, then this patch can be found in the root directory of that CDROM. This will save you the time of having to download the file from our website.

Flight Downunder 2000 is not compatible with Flight Simulator™ 98 and prior versions, however the Australian air traffic control background voicing modules can be successfully operated with Flight Simulator™ 98. Install Flight Downunder 2000 as normal, taking careful note of the section on changing the path, which can be found in the 'Installation' section on page 1 of the manual (as you will need to browse to the directory in which your FS98 is located). After the installation is complete, you will need to manually copy the 'Fd20_atc.adv' file from the '\ADV\Other\' directory, to the '\ADV\' directory. If you uninstall Flight Downunder 2000, you will need to manually delete this file. If you install Flight Simulator 2000 at a later stage, you will need to uninstall Flight Downunder 2000 from its FS98 location and re-install it to your FS2000 location.

Flight Downunder 2002 is not compatible with Flight Simulator™ 98 and prior versions.

IMPORTANT: You should save or print these instructions before proceeding.

You must then make the following change to the FS98 Scenery Library. While running FS98, select ‘Scenery Library’ from the ‘World’ menu. You will get a prompt (!) stating that if you are not sure how to use this section that you should not proceed, click on OK. Now select ‘Files’ & using the scroll bar locate ‘FS98 Default World-Metro’ in ‘Scenery Areas’, & make a note of the layer number indicated to its right (default would be 020). Now locate ‘FS98 CDROM-Oceania’ in ‘Scenery Areas’. When you have located it, click on it once to highlight. Now click on ‘Edit’ & in the lower section of this screen you need to change the ‘Scenery Area Layer’ to the current layer number of ‘FS98 Default World-Metro’ that you noted earlier (default would therefore mean a change from 0014 to 0020). Do not make any other changes to the Scenery Library data! Once you have made the change, click on OK, then from the main ‘Scenery Areas’ screen click OK again. Finally, from the main ‘Scenery Library’ screen click OK once more to return to normal Flight Simulator™ operation.


The initial release of FS98 does have some known bugs / quirks. Microsoft® have released a free Fsconv98.exe patch (Flight Shop™ Converter 98 version) which should include some ‘bug’ fixes. This is available as an internet download by clicking on the link, but easier still, it is included on the ‘Australia Scenery Volume 2’ CDROM. A supplementary 'Patch kit 1' has also recently been released by Microsoft®, click here to download Fs98pat1.exe. TIMG & Microsoft® are aware of two issues, listed below, that have not yet been satisfactorily resolved by either company. If a patch becomes available it will be released via the internet.

If you are not running a 3D hardware accelerator you may notice a black shadowing effect on some scenery objects such as runway signs & certain buildings (when compared to FS95-V6.0). Rather than permanently remove any ‘objects’ from your scenery, in anticipation of a correction or change in FS98 (or subsequent releases), all ‘objects’ originally written for your enjoyment remain intact for you. This is particularly pertinent to those enthusiasts who already enjoy the benefit of a 3D hardware acceleration card.

IMPORTANT: An idiosyncrasy of FS98 produces a Flight Simulator™ ‘close down’ when attempting to use the ‘Go To Airport’ command from the 13 airports listed below. The best way to overcome this & gain the most from the great FS98 / Australia packages, is to not select one of these airports, until you actually intend making a flight from it. On completion of your flight, exit the Flight Simulator™ in the normal way, either via the ‘Flights / Exit’ menu or by pressing ‘CTRL C’. Remember, going to (or flying from) any of these airports is OK, however if another ‘Go To Airport’ is subsequently attempted, FS98 will close down . You should definitely not ‘Save a Flight’ (ticking ‘Make this the default flight’) from any of these 13 airports. If you have already saved a flight using one of the airports listed below & ticked ‘Make this the default flight’, simply use the ‘Flights / Create Flight’ menu to choose another location instead (you can also choose an aircraft type, weather & time of day preference), then click on ‘Save’ & tick ‘Make this the default flight’, followed by ‘OK’ back to the ‘Create Flight’ screen, followed by ‘Cancel’ back to the main screen. Now exit the Flight Simulator™ so that this is also saved to the configuration file.

Effected airports -

Vol.1: Albury, Ayers Rock (old & new), Bendigo, Birdsville, Canberra, Hamilton Island, Lord Howe Island, Mt Isa.

Vol.2: Cradle Mountain, Palm Island, Tindal, Townsville.


Alice Springs & Darwin ATIS are unavailable for display.


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